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12 free education sessions our 22nd year presenting at AHRExpo.com

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The AHR Expo (International Air-Conditioning, Heating, Refrigerating Exposition) will return to Las Vegas Jan. 31 - Feb. 2, 2022, after a forced cancellation in 2021 planned for Chicago. The highly anticipated 2022 Show will be the industry’s first major in-person gathering following pandemic shutdowns. Registration is free and attendees are encouraged to register early on ahrexpo.com. Show management is elated to sound the horn, “We’re back!”
“We are honored to welcome the HVACR community back for the first large-scale, in-person industry event,” said Mark Stevens, manager of AHR Expo. “It’s been a long road and we are ready to reignite the momentum that comes from collaborating at a live event. We understand the disappointment in last year’s forced cancellation and we are thrilled to once again host the Show that our industry partners value so much.”

AutomatedBuildings.com is extremely pleased to provide free education sessions at the Vegas show.

Monday, January 31st, 2022

#1 Opening Session - Navigating to Smarter Sustainable BAS 9:00 am to 10:00 am

Host - Scott Cochrane & Ken Sinclair (Remote)

Join us for our opening educational session, the first of a collective 2-day discussion forum featuring panelists of principal industry-experts eager to share their insights and answer your questions on a range of industry specific and business development topics. During this commencement session we will pick-up right where we left off, examining the changes we've seen since the last Expo in Orlando back in February 2020 and the on-going journey toward smarter sustainability and the people & practices leading the transformation.
Hear from the perspective of our expert panelists on key industry trends as we navigate beyond 2021, with conversations including the refocus of our industry purpose(s), the impact & importance of collaboration, and the new roadmap to smarter sustainability in the BAS sector.

Panel - Kim Brown, Therese Sullivan, Brad White (Remote), Marc Petock, John Petze, Anto Budiardjo


#2 MSI Best Practices – OT Networks DEPLOYED  10:30 am to 11:30 am 

Systems Integrators configure, connect and integrate the controls and systems integral to building operations. In the past decade, their role has evolved beyond just controlling the BMS to one that now involves distinguishing & converging IT and operational technology. Bridging the gap between these two worlds is no small task given the widely disparate cultural and technology requirements.

Hear from our panelists of systems integrators, engineers and end users eager to discuss recent projects from the summer, including designs with all-IP controllers, and the evolution of system architectures, new challenges and new successes that accompanied them.

Host - Scott Cochrane Panel - TBD, Marc Petock (manufacturer), Greg Fitzpatrick (consultant), Scott Papay (MSI), Brain Oswald (MSI), Tony Peerbolt (CE), TBD end user?

#3 Open Discussion for Open Future  12:30am to 1:30am

We will reignite the energy from our Orlando overflowing session speaking to Next Generation HVAC Controls: with a new Open Discussion for Open Future led by our young panelists who are committed to working with open systems.  There is a growing demand in the BAS industry for openness and compatibility with new open standards.  What has changed since last year? More open and near open database options plus more powerful open hardware and many more platforms to build on. We will update the discussion from last year's Session. Come with your questions and open solutions we will OPEN the discussion to the floor near the end of the presentation

Host - Brian Turner Brad White (Remote) Panel - Brad Calvin, Zach Nicolas,, Alper

#4 The Role of Data in Achieving Smarter Buildings - and Haystack's Role in Making Data Interoperable 2:00pm  to 3:00pm

Data has become a critical asset for the built environment. When captured, normalized, tagged, and analyzed, data can enable a true transformation of how we manage and operate our facilities. Accessing and making effective use of data from existing operational systems is a critical element of all smart building initiatives.

Today's increased access to data from equipment systems and a new generation of IoT devices presents new opportunities to improve the efficiency and sustainability of our facilities, however, having access to data is only the first step in making meaningful use of it. Capturing the meaning of our data and representing that meaning in a uniform way is the key to deriving benefit from facility and equipment data.

John Petze, Executive Director, and Marc Petock, Executive Secretary of Project Haystack discuss the use of semantic tagging and its key role in making data interoperable across different systems and applications.  in determining what data is relevant, how to standardize it, how to give it common context, how to streamline it to unlock the data’s true value, and how it enables a true transformation in the way we manage and operate buildings. The presentation will also provide an update on the latest work of Project-Haystack.org. 

 Host - Marc Petock & John Petze Panel - TBD

#5 Using the Smarter Stack to Make Buildings Smarter 3:30 pm  to 4:30 pm

Created by members of Monday Live! The Smarter Stack is a game-changing open-source presentation framework created to describe and understand the components necessary to make buildings smarter. Join this session to learn how to create your own Smarter Stack.

Host - Anto Budiardjo   Panel - TBD - Brad White (Remote), Monday Live people as AHR? + Brian Turner, Pete Scanlon

#6 Coalition for Smarter Buildings 5:00pm to 6:00pm

 Hear from members of the Coalition for Smarter Buildings (C4SB), a newly formed coalition of building technology thought leaders advocating for the broad deployment of smarter buildings as part of the Biden administration's climate, infrastructure, and workforce agenda. 

Host - Anto Budiardjo  Panel - TBD (Anto)


2022 Las Vegas AHR Expo Educational Sessions

DAY 2 - Tuesday, February 1st, 2022

#1 Day 2 Kick-Off - Welcome Message, Day 1 Highlights   9:00am 

Hosts - Scott Cochrane 

#2 Retrofitting for Net Zero: Decarbonization, Electrification and the Role of Smart Buildings 9:00am to 10:00am:

Net-zero buildings are an essential piece of responding to the challenge of climate change, with existing buildings posing a particular challenge. Join this discussion around some practical strategies and case studies for making deep carbon reductions in existing buildings and the role that smart building technologies must play in this transition.

Host - Brad White (Remote)   Panel - TBD - Craig Stevenson (Scott C), Looking for End Users (all), Matt Schwartz (Therese), Mitch Reed Conti (Scott C)

#3 MSI Best Practices - Platform Wars and Data Dynasties 10:30am to 11:30am

Aggregated… Normalized… Redistributed… and Secured… these are just some of the actions performed utilizing all the digital building data within a software platform. Acting as the glue all the while providing real-time control for mechanical and electrical systems. Join our host, Scott Cochrane, as he revisits the early successes from BAS System Integrators back near the turn of the century, their evolving role within the BAS Sector and the market changes we’ve seen from the attention these platforms have drawn with the modern-day development of new capabilities at an astonishing rate. When it comes to master system integrators...do or do not, there is no try.

Data Dynasties

Host - Scott Cochrane 

Panel - Anto Budiardjo, Ed Merwin - Tridium, Chris Kubago - Rovisys, Etrit Demaj - KODE Labs, John Guardiola – Bedrock Detroit

#4 Building Systems Integration 101 – Welcome to the Jungle

12:00am to 1:00am

What system integration can we commonly find within a large building and what does the roadmap look like to becoming an integrator? The discussion will include basic elements of successful integrations, common tools and capabilities utilized, business practices and selling tips.  This interactive session will additionally build the foundation of understanding how digitized systems provide comfort, safety and security for the building occupants and how integration is used to improve the occupant experience while increasing the capabilities of these systems.

Host - Kimberly Brown Panel - Therese Sullivan, TBD 

Day 2 Lunch Break 12:00am to 1:00pm

#5 Smart Women, Smarter Buildings 1:30pm to 2:30pm

Pulling More Women into the Ranks of Smart Buildings Leadership

With women making up close to 50% of the population using buildings, why is it that women working with Smart Buildings comprise just a small percentage of the industry? What can be done to attract and retain more women as part of the shift toward data-driven, intelligent buildings? As buildings become more high-tech, how can both the men and women of our industry take steps to champion more gender equality and advance more women into leadership and mentorship positions? Attendees will enjoy our panel discussion and hearing from women of diverse ages and roles

Pulling More Women into the Ranks of Smart Buildings Leadership Therese Sullivan and panelists, Gina Elliott, Kimberly Brown, Erin Defrieze and more to be announced 

Privacy, cyber-security, health, there is so much at stake in our smart building industry, it just makes sense that you want a diverse selection of people making decisions about how our technology is evolving.  The people that work, learn, shop, eat, live and heal in built spaces are of all types.  Shouldn’t our industry reflect that? Yet, women working in Building Automation and HVAC Controls comprise just a small percentage of the industry. Why is this? And, what can be done to attract and retain more women as part of the big paradigm shift toward data-driven, intelligent buildings?

There will be a time in this session for making comparisons and exploring the status quo in our industry. But, more than that, let’s come together and plan a way forward.  As buildings become more high-tech, how can both the men and women of our industry take steps to champion more gender equality and advance more women into leadership and mentorship positions? You’ll enjoy our panel discussion and hearing from women of diverse ages and roles.

Host - Therese Sullivan   Panel- Kim Brown, Erin Defrieze, Monica Calhoun

#6 Insights, Trends, Perspectives. An Open Conversation with Industry Influencers? 3:00pm to 4:00pm

In this ninth annual Connection Community Collaboratory, Marc Petock leads an open conversation with industry influencers who will discuss a variety of subjects that are playing a role in making our built environment smarter and sustainable.

Topics to include the convergence of the operational experience with the workplace experience; what is driving the market---the technology side of the business side; EV; Water; ESG; Digital Twining; the entrance of new protocols; who is responsible for the occupant experience; how is the industry conversation is changing and more.

Host - Marc Petock   Panel- TBD (Marc)


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